How to Draw Bob Dylan

If you want to learn how to draw Bob Dylan, this moody photo of poet and folk singer will make for a dramatic drawing.

Follow the instructions below and read the drawing tips on how to draw Bob Dylan, and you’ll be able to complete your drawing quickly and accurately.


Drawing Tips
Tips on How to Draw Bob Dylan:

  • This post is tagged as ‘advanced’ because of the detail and texture in this photo of Bob Dylan
  • To reproduce this photo accurately in your drawing, you’ll have to pay special attention to his hair and and skin texture
  • For his skin, first build up the foundational colour including the highlights, mid tones and shadows
  • Dab areas of the foundation tone with your eraser to lift the tone to match highlights
  • Once the skin’s foundation tone is in place, then work over the skin lightly with a sharp pencil to create the lines and texture
  • When you work on Bob Dylan’s hair in this drawing, notice how the grey streaks in his hair are much lighter than the rest of his hair. This will take a lot of detailed line work to match
  • Notice how his left eye socket and cheek cavity is in shadow
  • In this drawing, Bob Dylan’s jacket is very dark – almost black
  • To get the same dark tonal quality in your pencil drawing you should not try to press too hard with your pencil to get a dark tone – this can damage your paper and cause indentations
  • You should rather build up the dark areas in layers. See the section called “Building up Shadows” in our guide on “How to Shade Your Portrait” for help.


How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of Bob Dylan to enlarge them
  2. Right click on each image and save them on your computer or tablet
  3. Print out both images or keep them open on your computer or tablet to view while you’re drawing
  4. Set up a 5 x 7 grid on your sketch pad. If you don’t know how to, read this: “How to Set Up a Grid in 2 Minutes”
  5. Then using the grid image below of Bob Dylan as a reference, draw the outlines of the shapes and shadows onto the grid on your sketch pad. If you need some guidance, click here to see our demo: “Demo: How to Draw a Portrait Step by Step”
  6. Once you have completed the outline drawing, begin shading your portrait. If you are a beginner at shading, click here for tips: “How to Shade Your Portrait”
  7. Well done! By following these instructions, you’re are on your way to completing your drawing of Bob Dylan


1) Grid Image: Bob Dylan

How to Draw Bob Dylan Using a Grid

How to Draw Bob Dylan Using a Grid: This grid image will help you to accurately draw in the shapes and shadows of your drawing of Bob Dylan

2) Gray-scale Image: Bob Dylan

How to Draw a Portrait of Bob Dylan

How to Draw a Portrait of Bob Dylan: Gray-scale image to help you match the gray tones when you shade in your portrait of Bob Dylan


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